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Advantages & Disadvantages Of Cork Flooring

Cork flooring can produce a pleasant and comfortable walking surface. Cork flooring is great choice for children’s play areas or commercial spaces where there is a desire for a comfortable walking and standing surface. Suberin, a natural substance in cork, works as a mold inhibitor and prevents cork flooring from rotting. Cork flooring has natural insulation properties and can help reduce heating costs. Cork floors are naturally fire resistant and don’t release any toxic gases or chemicals when combusting. It can be a very durable material if properly maintained.

Cork Flooring Advantages

Cork extraction process does not harm trees
Can be used over radiant heat systems
Cork flooring systems can be installed like regular ceramic or glass mosaic tile
Can be installed on uneven surfaces
Can be installed over existing flooring systems such as wood or linoleum
Excellent material to be used on retrofitted buildings
Natural insulation material
Great performance under heavy furnishings
Can be used as underlayment layer for ceramic, wood or stone
Superior sound attenuation characteristics
Cork Flooring Disadvantages

Cork flooring systems can offer you some great benefits, but there are also some limitations on its use.

Some additions to cork floorings can result in a not-so-eco-friendly product
Limited palette of colors to choose from
Must be sealed every 5 years to keep its waterproof characteristics
Can be stained by oil, dirt and spills if not properly protected
Carbon emissions during cork transportation can offset other benefits
Sharp objects can punctuate or damage cork flooring surfaces
Higher costs than traditional flooring materials

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Cork Flooring Manufacturers

Here are some of the larger manufacturers and distributors of cork flooring. Under their websites you can find catalogs, colors, material composition, care, maintenance and installation tips.